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The Celtic Advanced Life Science Innovation Network (CALIN), is a € 11.96 million, 4-year, Ireland-Wales funded programme that will bring innovation, jobs and growth to Ireland and Wales. Joining forces: Bangor, Cardiff and Swansea Universities in Wales, and University College Dublin, The National University of Ireland, Galway and the Tyndall Institute, University College Cork in Ireland, bring together expertise, access to emerging technologies and routes to market that will support businesses in the regions to bring new life science products to market.

As well as open access to the six universities, the CALIN network includes the global healthcare leaders Unilever and GE Healthcare. Activities within CALIN are focused on three themes: Precision Medicine (diagnostics, devices & therapeutics), Regenerative Medicine and Bio-Compatibility & Safety Evaluation, and each CALIN business will be linked to two universities, providing access to all the tools required for innovation and growth.  CALIN also provides access to a unique network of supply chain companies and knowledge transfer opportunities that will enhance business growth.

The research, development and technological support offered to Welsh and Irish businesses through CALIN, will develop the international competitiveness of both regions. It will also set the stage for longer term relationships between business and academia in Wales, Ireland and beyond.

How CALIN can Support your Business

By joining CALIN, any life-science businesses within the Ireland-Wales 2014-2020 INTERREG region will become part of the wider CALIN network, opening up opportunities to engage with University centres of excellence, health-boards, multi-national business firms and other life-science businesses.

Following enrolment, all businesses in the CALIN network are offered:

  • Access to a network of Universities, health-boards and multi-national business firms
  • Access to scientific expertise and guidance from leading professionals
  • Life science business support and technology workshops to stimulate business networking
  • Information on life science grants and support for which businesses may be eligible
  • Opportunities to get involved with collaborative R&D projects

Businesses within the network have the opportunity to work with CALIN Partners on research and development projects aimed at facilitating product development. Each business will be matched to two CALIN Partners, one in Ireland and one in Wales, with each institute offering different expertise and capabilities in line with the company’s needs.

Expertise and Facilities

At the core of CALIN are 6 universities and their associated health-boards as well as multinational business firms, GE Healthcare and Unilever. Each university has a range of expertise and facilities on offer. The Universities linked with the  CALIN network are:

  • Swansea University
  • Bangor University
  • Cardiff University
  • University College of Dublin
  • National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Tyndall National Institute

Each University can offer expertise and facilities in distinctive fields: 


Become Part of Our Network

Joining CALIN is easy; simply fill in an Expression of Interest and the CALIN team will get in touch:


  • EU Funds: Ireland Wales Programme 2014-2020
  • EU Structural Funds Ireland
  • Sputhern Regional Assembly
  • European Regional Development Fund